Mission Statement and Aims


The Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program's mission is to provide substantial clinical experience in all phases of recovery from addictive disorders across a variety of settings (academic, acute inpatient care, residential care, intensive outpatient care, office-based care, emergency care, and community care) and health-care systems.

Program aims

The program aims for the fellows are as follows:

  • Expert evaluation and management of both common and less common addictive disorders.
  • Competent and effective consultations for non-specialist and non-psychiatry providers.
  • Comfort using and citing primary sources for delivery of evidence-based care.
  • Education of learners at various levels of training, including 3rd and 4th year Geisel medical students, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and University of Vermont psychiatry residents, internal medicine residents, pain medicine fellows, headache/neurology fellows, social work interns, psychology interns, and nursing students.
  • Achieving competence at delivery of medication-assisted therapy including methadone at opioid treatment centers, office-based buprenorphine treatment, monthly injectable treatment including naltrexone and buprenorphine, and medications for the treatment of alcohol use disorder.
  • Managing withdrawal of addictive substances with both pharmacological and non-pharmacological support.
  • Developing competence and confidence at diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
  • Delivering evidence-based group therapy. Leading a multi-disciplinary team of providers in the delivery of addiction services.
  • Engaging in scholarly projects in coordination with the program director and appropriate faculty mentors.
  • Developing confidence and competence in meeting the needs of adolescents with addictive disorders and co-occurring psychiatric illness.